Kings sweep Blues; report has deal reached to keep Yotes in AZ

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Players in the ceremonial handshake line at the Staples Center on Sunday, the Los Angeles Kings having swept the St. Louis Blues into summer.
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Hands up, everyone who had the Los Angeles Kings sweeping the St. Louis Blues in a four-game Western Conference semifinal.

You there, with your hand up: didn’t your parents teach you it’s not right to lie?

The remarkable Kings indeed swept the Blues, Los Angeles’ 3-1 win over St. Louis Sunday in L.A. ending a stunningly (Jonathan) quick semifinal. The Kings now await the winner of Phoenix-Nashville in the Western final.

As for amazing: how ’bout those Devils, New Jersey beating Philadelphia 4-2 at the Prudential Center on Sunday in front of ageless goalie Marty Brodeur (OK, he turned 40 Sunday) to seize a 3-1 Eastern semi lead heading into Game 5 back in Philadelphia on Tuesday.

On Monday: In New York, it’s Game 5 between the Rangers and Washington Capitals, that Eastern semi tied 2-2, and in Glendale, Ariz., not far from the favourite watering hole(s) of Predators’ Alexander Radulov and Andrei Kostitsyn, the Coyotes can finish off Nashville, up 3-1 in that one.

Yotes staying put?: Several media sources say that NHL commish Gary Bettman today will announce a tentative deal to keep the Coyotes in Arizona. Read more details here.

Worth your time: Liam Maguire on the Canadiens’ hiring of Marc Bergevin.

Food for thought: On Sunday, Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman threw Joel Quenneville’s name into hat of Habs coaching candidates. The Gazette’s Pat Hickey writes of Montreal’s pursuit of Rick Dudley as assistant general manager.

A stat you need: From Roger Leblond at RDS.ca: Nashville defenceman Hal Gill, the former Habs blue-line pillar, is five games shy of becoming the NHL’s all-time leader among players who have appeared in more than 100 postseason games without having scored a goal. Skillsy sat out five games to start this postseason, so had he appeared in those and not scored, he’d hold the record now. Gill has six assists in his 109 playoff games; former defenceman Craig Muni, the all-time leader, had zero goals and 17 assists in his 113 playoff games.

485 Comments

  1. H.Upmann says:

    heheh… Torts vs Sutter finaL? could be epic!

  2. Un Canadien errant says:

    @HabinBurlington, as a comparative to Alex Galchenyuk, you used Dan Marino as an example of a player who fell in the draft due to his ACL reconstruction. I remember there being more this story.

    Dan Marino was a can’t miss star quarterback out of the University of Pittsburgh, and would have been drafted first overall in his junior year, except he wasn’t allowed to enter the draft until after his senior season. That senior season was subpar for various reasons, including injuries. In hindsight, many think that he lost his focus having nothing left to prove, and coasted during his last season. This loss of focus manifested itself off the field, and he was rumoured to have made full use of his Big Man on Campus status, and gone on a year-long college farewell party of Matt Leinartian proportions.

    When the draft came around, he and John Elway were the can’t-miss prospects at quarterback, and Elway went first overall. The off-field rumours and poor play pushed Dan Marino out of the top 5, then top 10. A weird phenomenon then took over, whereby teams who were on the clock had not done their due diligence on him, thinking he would never get that far down the draft. In the meantime, they had done their homework on other players and fallen in love with them, and decided to stick with their chosen player and let Mr. Marino slip by.

    Even teams that needed quarterbacks fell prey to this, and it caused Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason and Ken O’Brien to be chosen ahead of Mr. Marino. I remember the New York Jets GM, when challenged on Ken O’Brien (“Ken Who?”), vowing that while he was from a smaller college with less media attention, Mr. O’Brien would prove to be a quarterback for the ages, that he had all the tools and Hall of Fame ability.

    It took until the Dolphins in the 27th and penultimate selection in the first round to shake their heads and leap to the podium with their selection. They realized that they were getting a huge bargain, and instead of believing the rumours that were inflating by the minute, they trusted the game tape and Dan Marino’s production on the field.

    This process of teams falling in love with the one or two guys who they think will be available when it’s their turn to choose, and being unable to react when a blue-chip prospect falls in their lap was in effect when the Canadiens saw Nathan Beaulieu fall into their lap. Whoever they had targeted, they quickly adjusted and grabbed the putative Top Ten choice when he proved to be available.

    Marc Bergevin’s assertion that he will beef up the scouting team in Québec is heartening, as well as his desire to build a larger front office. This will allow the team to more completely cover the prospects available in the draft, and be ready to respond when opportunities present themselves. There is a fear that too many voices at the table can lead to confusion, but with good leadership this risk is alleviated, and there is more value to having more information than to having a smaller, more unified group when decisions need to be made.

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  3. Duracell3 says:

    Today I learned Greg Jamison is a terrible investor….I guess it’s different when you are using other people’s money though.

  4. HabinBurlington says:

    Wards penalty was a selfish stupid penalty. He cost his team the tying and game winning goals. From hero to goat in a week.

  5. HabinBurlington says:

    So Poile gambled and traded away a first and 2 second round picks, he accepted back a player that quit on the team a number of years back. Suter is UFA and Weber will be UFa next year. This franchise could be in big trouble real soon. All of a sudden this franchise may benefit from a player whose cap hit is much bigger than his salary….hmmmm wonder who fits that equation.

    • HardHabits says:

      The folly of trading picks for rentals. Nice to be the team that gets the picks this time instead of the one who trades it all for naught.

      From big splash to fizzle.

      At least they have a 7 million dollar goal tender. 8)

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Yeah, it can make you seem like a genius if your last-minute additions push you over the top, but there’s only ever one winner a year, so all the buyers at the trade deadline can’t be right at the same time.

      If they can fit their additions into their team long term, like the Bruins did last year with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverly, then it’s not a bad move, but the guys who walk away on July 1 without having won a Cup for their team are costly.

      We know this in Montréal, with the succession of 2nd rounders we’ve dealt away for players to help us get into the playoffs. Eventually, missing these 2nd rounders starts to show up in your roster, and its concomitant lack of depth.

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  6. HabFanSince72 says:

    Yeah Yoyes!

  7. Un Canadien errant says:

    Cool, we’ve protected the second-rounder we acquired from Nashville, even improved its ranking by one spot with the Kings’ choice dropping down to the last four choices. Thanks ‘Yotes.

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  8. commandant says:

    Smith almost scored.

    YES! PREDS ARE OUT!!! BETTER DRAFT PICK FOR THE HABS!

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    • Chuck says:

      Not a smart move with the icing, though. What if Nashville had tied it?

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    • jedimyrmidon says:

      I feel bad for the Preds. As I’ve said before, they are a model organization top-to-bottom of a modern cap-limited NHL team. Buffalo must also be rather pleased… Gaustad for a 1st rounder – ouch. At least AK contributed on the scoresheet during the playoffs.

    • boing007 says:

      ‘everthing’s coming up roses’…

      Richard R
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  9. H.Upmann says:

    Can’t post…. What’s going on?

  10. HabFanSince72 says:

    Mike Fisher. Is he Russian?

  11. Bripro says:

    I’m not usually on this late, but had to work late.
    But I would have thought there would have been a Rangers/Caps wrap up by now.
    What’s going on Boone? Trying to catch up with your beauty sleep?

    • Chuck says:

      Geez, if that was the case he’d never be able to post! ;)

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  12. Un Canadien errant says:

    Hey Darren Pang! Stop using ‘reactionary’ as a synonym for ‘reflex’ or ‘instinct’ or ‘reaction’, because it isn’t one. To paraphrase Inigo Montoya, “I am certain that it doesn’t mean what you think it means.”

    re·ac·tion·ar·y (r-ksh-nr)
    adj.
    Characterized by reaction, especially opposition to progress or liberalism; extremely conservative.
    n. pl. re·ac·tion·ar·ies
    An opponent of progress or liberalism; an extreme conservative.

    So stop it. If you want to say a reflex save, or instinctive play, say that. It’s perfectly fine to say that a move was a reaction. Don’t add syllables to a word to turn it into an adjective, it doesn’t make you sound smart. It does the opposite.

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  13. canada4l says:

    Looks like the League’s team is getting help from the league’s refs. The best was on that last goal. If you watch the back view from the preds zone, you see the pred player get tripped and the back ref looking right at it. The ref then puts his hands out to his side like he is saying, what should I do or aww crap what can I do, as it was an obvious penalty that he ended up not calling.

  14. Un Canadien errant says:

    So another group has now been found to be the patsies, er, owners who take over the Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL. I guess they have not had an opportunity to talk to Jerry Moyes about his experience running a hockey team in Glendale and of being in a partnership with Gary Bettman’s syndicate.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/hockey/moyes-assails-nhl-over-coyotes-operations/article2423845/

    It’ll be interesting to see how much freedom the new group would have to relocate to a different market, in terms of the lease at their arena, and any constraints put on them by the NHL. Gary Bettman has been frantically trying to keep this franchise in Phoenix, both for the economic footprint of the league, and possibly to justify his Sunbelt Strategy. We can imagine that he’s not going to let them buy the team and pull a Michael Heisley, using the Glendale arena as a placeholder while they look for more lucrative climes.

    Mr. Bettman was at his whiny sanctimonious self while being interviewed by James Duthie on TSN. He explained that the prior deal struck with the Hulsizer group and which had been underpinned by taxpayer dollars had been torpedoed by the threat of a suit from the watchdog Goldwater Institute, a suit without merit in his opinion. It was only the chilling effect of the threat that killed the bond issue that scuttled the deal though, not the fact that this group wasn’t willing to pony up any of its own dough.

    We’ll believe in this deal when we see it. We don’t believe the math. Prospective buyers have been kicking the tires on this franchise for years, and only show interest if it’s to pick up and move to a better locale, or if they’re not spending their own money. They either want to pay a very low price to stay in place, or have the ‘flexibility’ to move if they have to meet the Bettman-inflated, other-franchise-value-protecting full sticker price.

    Everyone knows about the empty seats, and the low revenue brought in by those tickets that are actually sold, at a huge discount, with deals on hotdogs and beer as sweeteners. We know that the team suffered $25 million losses the last couple years.

    We know about the unfortunate location in Glendale, instead of downtown Phoenix or anywhere near a vibrant neighbourhood which would encourage a festival atmosphere. Going to a Canucks or Canadiens game is preceded by a cool walk in surrounded by other fans in team jerseys. I had the good fortune to attend a Chargers game in Seattle, and the walk to the Seahawks’ stadium was a great prelude to an afternoon of watching football, with various catcalls and good-natured jibes at my Chargers jersey. The Chargers fans found each other in the mass migration to the field, and banded together for electric blue moral support in an ocean of Seahawk green. All the pubs had sidewalk tables set up, the pregame shows and early games were blaring from patio speakers, and the whole downtown was alive and vibrant on a Sunday morning. No such magic occurs for a Coyotes game. You drive in, park and walk in to find your seat. That sterility may be sustainable in hockey-mad Ottawa, but the experience doesn’t cut it in fickle Arizona.

    Personally, we’d much prefer if the Coyotes were allowed to move and fill a need in a relevant market like Québec. We’ve all seen the success the Jets had this season, that is all the confirmation we need that the NHL needs to be in northern markets. We’d even relish the prospect of a move to Seattle, as that would provide more hockey options for Vancouver and Whistler fans. Seattle could count on sellouts whenever the Canadiens or Leafs played. The putative owner of the new arena, which would be built mainly to house the return of the Sonics, has a chance to build an arena in a downtown location that is surrounded with shops and pubs and would provide a good atmosphere for game day, contrasted to the current Glendale white elephant.

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    • boing007 says:

      So, who chose the Glendale location in the first place?

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  15. Sean Bonjovi says:

    I heard that the ice surface at the ACC is made entirely of Brian Burke’s tears.

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  16. Un Canadien errant says:

    It’s still infinitely confusing to me that the white-jerseyed fans are cheering on the maroon-jerseyed players against the other team, which is in white.

    Again, Phoenix, the white-out is a Winnipeg tradition that has no relevance or history in your town. Stop it.

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  17. jedimyrmidon says:

    So according to HNIC, Rick Dudley would prefer to join the Canadiens ASAP, and his out clause is 30 days after the Leafs’ last [regular] season game. And of course, Burke is not pleased at all and would obviously prefer that he join after the draft.

    It’s obvious why he would prefer that, but how come that sort of thing isn’t part of the contract in the first place? And if it isn’t, why is he complaining (yet again)?

    • aj says:

      Obviously, Burke doesn’t want to have all his draft secrets be compromised due to Dudley joining the Habs administration. However, in a pratical standpoint, it really doesn’t matter. Why, Dudley is going to move anyways regardless of before or after the draft. I don’t see why Burke getting nuts over this move at all.

      • Chuck says:

        Burke gave Dudley the contract, which included the 30-day out clause. If he wants to complain to someone, he only needs to look in the mirror.

        I’m not sure what the big deal is. The Habs are picking 3rd, the Laffs 5th. The Habs aren’t going to poach whomever the Laffs thought would still be available at the 5th pick just to piss off Burke.

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        • habsfan0 says:

          Rumour has it the Leafs want to move up in the draft. Dudley would know this and tell Bergevin about it. That’s life!

        • Mad Habber says:

          I can see it now…

          Bergevin: “Hey Trevor so who do we pick?”
          Timmons: “I say __________”
          Bergevin: “okay” Then goes and makes his pick.

          Burke makes angry face at camera, and thinks to himself. Freaking Dudley! That rat knew I wanted him, and went and told them to pick him.

    • Mad Habber says:

      Why don’t the Habs do them the favor of leaving him with the Leafs (until after the draft) so they won’t be crying for the next decade.

      Did you hear the part about Burke and Bowman going to Bettman and complaining. Something a long the lines of teams are getting tired of training execs only to have them leave for other teams. I think it would be ridiculous for guys like Bergevin to be stuck in an organization where there is no room for them to step up the ladder.

      And this has been happening for years (and I`m pretty sure Burke did it when building his staff), why all of a sudden when the Habs do it, is it something that needs to be outlawed.

      • Chuck says:

        On Toronto radio Burke was crowing with pride on how he was developing management-types that are desired by other teams, saying that it’s a great way to ensure allies within another teams’ camp (like he’s breedin’ Trojan Horses or something).

        I guess he’ll say whatever he things the audience wants to hear.

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      • otter649 says:

        Habs lost three coaches & asst GM in one off season to Tampa……

      • jedimyrmidon says:

        Seriously, the Habs have been supplying the NHL with head coaches and players for the last little while, and they haven’t complained at all.

        Okay, so I recognize that they fired the likes of Vigneault and Julien, but still… losing a guy like Muller is still painful and Boucher too (not saying that either should have been head coach [although Muller would have been great, I think], but the fact is they left the Habs organization).

      • Un Canadien errant says:

        In reality, they did no training for Rick Dudley, he arrived in Toronto fully functional as a hockey exec. So that’s a red herring.

        It seems to me they’re complaining about a situation that has existed since I’ve been watching hockey. The Canadiens have forever been losing its hockey people to other franchises that’s an understood part of the game.

        Free enterprise at work: workers are always free to leave for another position that offers more opportunity. The NHL always says it’s a business, but then want to do away with free enterprise, with a salary cap, player restraints on movement, a universal draft, tampering clauses, ….

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    • Marc10 says:

      Bergevin and Burke are on good terms. I would expect Bergie to play nice and not solicit Dudley’s advice prior to the draft in exchange for some form of compensation…

      I’m more interested in how the Bergie-Timmins relationship works out once Dudley joins the gang.

    • Mark C says:

      If that is in fact the out clause, then Burkie is being a tool, again. Hey, I understand why he doesn’t want Dudley to leave before the draft, but Burke signed Dudley’s contract knowing full well this could be a possibility.

      So Burkie gives Komisarek a no movement clause and Dudley an ill timed out clause. That just about sums up that organization in full.

    • Un Canadien errant says:

      Brian Burke probably attracted Rick Dudley with an offer that included a lot of flexibility so that he would accept. Now he’s kicking himself that he didn’t specify a window for him leaving. That’s the breaks. If he had specified more restrictions though, it’s entirely possible that Mr. Dudley would have looked for a position somewhere else.

      Contracts are a two-way street. If the Leafs had wanted more commitment from Mr. Dudley, they would have had to provide greater compensation.

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  18. Chuck says:

    The boys in blue needed a little (ok, a lot) of powerplay help to pull that one out, eh?

    By the way, the CBC has us getting Dudley sooner rather than later.

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    • jedimyrmidon says:

      If Ward drew blood, there’s nothing the Caps can complain about in terms of that last 4min PP, I guess. If it was marginal then, yeah, that would be upsetting. Didn’t watch the game so I wouldn’t know.

      • Chuck says:

        I’m not saying that the powerplay wasn’t deserved; only that the hockey gods helped the Rags pull a Houdini tonight.

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        • JF says:

          But they helped the Caps last game by having the refs not call a tripping penalty on them a few seconds before the winning goal was scored. And they overlooked another obvious infraction by the Capitals early in this game, which would have given the Rangers a 5-on-3. So you could say it’s even.

  19. otter649 says:

    Joel Ward takes a 4 minutes minor & Rangers score 2 PP goals -That’s Hockey…….

  20. HardHabits says:

    I missed the game. Have been very busy lately. What gives with power plays? Were they questionable? Is the LA-NY fix in?

  21. frontenac1 says:

    Rags tie it with 6 seconds left!

  22. aj says:

    So, If I can understand this correctly, now that the Phoenix Coyotes are owned by “a new ownership group led by Greg Jamison” according to TSN – http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=395274, would the possible next step (logically speaking) be either:

    [a] The Coyotes Remain there for 1 more year or more; or
    [b] Relocate the franchise to a Californian city like Seattle.

    If I’m seeing here right now, the hopes for a new Quebec Nordiques team should probably be gone. Therefore, why build a new stadium there if this news will become a problem for Quebec City?

    • bigjames says:

      a californian city like seattle?

      • aj says:

        I dunno! Possibly! (You’re right, I stand corrected, its in Washington State, not California. T.Y.) Look, there are only two cities who want an NHL city once the Coyotes leave in Phoenix, AZ. Those two are Seattle and Quebec City.

        If the new owner of the Coyotes would not make a team to Seattle, probably, the next step is to wait for the closure of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the NBA. If that happens, a sale of the franchise will happen and a team in Seattle could become a reality.

        Quebec City on the other hand would rather wait for another team to leave (possibly the New York Islanders) or the best case, an NHL expansion to have a Nordiques team back there.

  23. frontenac1 says:

    Okay,Okay….,Semin…Beagle….Anybody?

  24. aj says:

    I feel like laughing at myself. I stand correct when I said earlier that Giroux would not be suspended by the hit he did to Zubrus.

    I guess Shanny has to do his job after all. Anyhow, 1 game suspension is good enough since this is the playoffs.

  25. commandant says:

    London wins 3-2 over Niagara tonight and takes a 2-1 series lead.

    Tinordi and the Knights need two more wins to book their spot in the Memorial Cup.

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  26. otter649 says:

    If Semin is shooting better get a Mike/Craig Ramsey……lol

  27. smiler2729 says:

    Hughson: “Semin in Stralman’s face”

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  28. Trisomy 21 says:

    Stralman just got Semin in the face.

  29. frontenac1 says:

    There ya go Brooks Laich

  30. smiler2729 says:

    Jim Hughson: “Semin, lethal shot”
    lol

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  31. frontenac1 says:

    Caps can’t buy a goal!


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